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Lithion, Inc. Profile

Lithion Inc. is a subsidiary of ENER-TEK International, Inc. (ETI), a technology driven corporation that focuses on specialty battery technologies for research and product development in high performance niche markets.Since 1944, the Corporation has distinguished itself in the design, development, and manufacture of specialty battery technologies for Aerospace, the Department of Defense, and industrial/commercial applications.  The specialty battery technologies include Yardney Technical Products (YTP) Silver-Zinc, Silver Cadmium, Nickel-Hydrogen, and Magnesium-Silver Chloride batteries, and most recently Lithion’s Lithium-Ion cells and batteries.Lithion, Inc was established in 1994.  The business strategy of Lithion, Inc. is to serve demanding government and commercial niche markets with a custom-fit, high quality design capable of withstanding demanding load profiles in a wide variety of environments.

The Lithium-Ion Technology

Li-ion technologies based on Lithiated Mixed Metal Oxide cell chemistry and liquid electrolytes have evolved from a research interest in the late 1980’s to an industry with $10 billion in sales alone for 2006. This expansion has been fueled by the improved perform-ance possible with the Li-ion technology relative to alternatives such as the NiCd (Nickel-Cadmium) or NiMH (Nickel-Metal Hydride) cell chemistries.  Li-ion cells offer better specific energy, energy density and energy efficiency than the NiCd, NiMH or Ni-H2 cell chemistries. Of particular interest to satellite applications, Li-ion cells offer double the specific energy and over three times the energy density of Ni-H2 systems while providing higher energy efficiency. Higher specific energy permits lighter-weight spacecraft and higher energy density permits smaller spacecraft.  Further, as the price of Li-ion cells has dropped, the technology has been applied in a broader range of applications from medical implant devices to UAVs to Electric Vehicles. The success of the technology in these applications substantiates the commercial and military viability of the system..